Gigabyte subsidiary Aorus is launching two new laptops aimed at gaming on the go. The Auros X3 and X3Plus laptops feature high resolution displays, NVIDIA graphics, and relatively compact designs (and high price tags).
They’re expected to go on sale during the third quarter of 2014 for $2099 and up — but for that price you get an awful lot of power in a computer that weighs less than 4 pounds.
The Aorus X3 has a 13.3 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel IGZO display while the Aorus X3Plus will be available with a 13.9 inch 2560 x 1440 pixel or 3200 x 1800 pixel screen.
All three versions will come with an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M graphics with 6GB of GDDR5 memory.
The laptops will ship with 8GB of RAM and support up to 16GB if you want to add more. There are 2 SSD slots for up to 512GB of storage.
The systems feature 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, an audio jack, and SD card reader, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and stereo 1.5W speakers. Keeping things going is a 74Whr battery
While the high-quality displays are clearly selling points for these laptops, you can also hook up an external display and output games at up to 4K resolutions at 60 Hz.
Aorus also includes a backlit keyboard and “Macro Engine” feature lets you tie together key combos for one-click execution.
While these aren’t exactly the first gaming laptops to hit the streets, they’re some of the most compact models to feature discrete graphics and QHD or higher-resolution screens.
The Aorus X3 and X3 Plus measure 13″ x 10.4″ x 0.9″ and weigh about 4.1 pounds.